Subject: What kind of (caterpillar)?
Location: Hong Kong
May 22, 2016 7:24 am
We saw this in Hong Kong on 22 May 2016 in the woodland area by a reservoir. It looked like a caterpillar to us but we could not be sure with the strange patterned head and ‘horns’. Any insight as to what bug this may be and if it is poisonous would be very much appreciated!
Signature: Tai Tam

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Lappet Moth Caterpillar

Dear Tai Tam,
This is a Lappet Moth Caterpillar in the family Lasiocampidae.  We found some matching images from China of Caterpillars in the genus
Trabala on FlickR.  Here is another FlickR image.  Some Lappet Moth Caterpillars have urticating or stinging hairs that can cause a skin reaction in sensitive people.

 

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Subject: Friend found a bug
Location: North carolina
May 21, 2016 8:56 pm
Spring time north Carolina friend got bit, she said it burned for a few minutes but now has gone away
Signature: James A Jendrusik

Corsair Nymph

Corsair Nymph

Dear James,
This is an immature Assassin Bug, and we believe it is one of the Corsairs in the subfamily Peiratinae based on this BugGuide image of
Sirthenea carinata, this BugGuide image of a nymph in the genus Rasahus, and most especially, this BugGuide image of Rasahus biguttatus, a species that according to BugGuide is called the Orange Spotted Assassin Bug and which is:  “Ground-loving, frequently found under rocks. Comes to lights.”

Subject: 5-lined Skink
Location: Tampa, Florida
May 21, 2016 9:01 pm
I saw this interesting little guy in my backyard In August a few years back. I used google and came up with an identity of: Eumeces inexpectatus, the Southeastern five-lined skink.
I hope that’s right. It didn’t mind me holding it at all, but was probably happy to go its own way after I bugged it for pictures.
Signature: Shell

Southeastern Five Lined Skink

Southeastern Five Lined Skink

Dear Shell,
With its blue tail, this Southeastern Five Lined Skink is sure a pretty lizard.  We don’t have many reptiles represented on our site, so your submission is a very welcomed addition.  According to the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory:  “Young have a bright blue tail while adult males’ stripes may fade and a reddish or orange coloration may develop on the head.”  It seems your individual may be a male nearing maturity.  The site also states:  “Southeastern five-lined skinks may be found on the ground or in trees, but are generally less arboreal (tree dwelling) than broadhead skinks. Although sometimes seen in the open, these lizards are most often found beneath logs or under tree bark. When pursued, these lizards generally run for the nearest tree or log and can be quite difficult to capture. Like many other lizards, southeastern five-lined skinks will break off their tails when restrained, distracting the predator and allowing the lizard to escape.”

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Subject: Insect???
Location: South west England
May 22, 2016 5:57 am
Do you please know what insect it is. Looks kinda like a moth. I found it in south west England in spring in my garden. It has 2 sets of wings underneath the shell bit. And weird antenna and a pointy tail. Thanks
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Cockchafer

Cockchafer

The signature line on our standardized form is a place for the submitter to include either their real name or some pseudonym, like “Perplexed in England” as a signature to the submission.  This is a Cockchafer or Billy Witch, Melolontha melolontha, a native Scarab Beetle that generally appears in the spring.  Thought to be on the decline in England for years, populations seem to once again be on the rise.

Subject: unknown Beetle in Mexico
Location: Lake Chapala, Mexico
May 21, 2016 9:43 pm
This past year I moved from Albuquerque NM to the area just south of Guadalajara, Mexico so everything here is new to me. Right now the Mexican “Rain-Birds,” a Mexican version of the cicada are singing loudly in search of mates.
On a different subject though, I keep seeing these beetles on the side of the house. They seem remarkably placid, never moving around, sometimes staying in the same place for 3 days. They are beautifully ornamented.
I don’t see them eat anything (nor are they pursued). They don’t seem to be looking for mates. They have been around since early April.
Signature: Ken

Ironclad Beetle

Ironclad Beetle

Dear Ken,
This distinctive beetle is an Ironclad Beetle,
Zopherus nodulosus, and it is a species well represented in our archives because the species is also found in Texas.  According to BugGuide, the range is:  “s. TX to Mexico.”

Subject: Tiny Robber Fly?
Location: Andover, NJ
May 21, 2016 2:17 pm
I found several of these small (1/3 to 1/2 inch) flies which look like some sort of robber fly. I’ve just never seen a robber fly this small, so wondering if it is something else entirely. I’m in the far northern corner of NJ in a wooded area. These were found just at the edge of a shrubby area near the woods.
Any help you can give me will be much appreciated!
Signature: Deborah Bifulco

Male March Fly

Male March Fly

Dear Deborah,
This is not a Robber Fly.  It is a March Fly in the family Bibionidae, and it can be identified as a male because of its large eyes.  The eyes of the females are much smaller as you can see in this image of a pair of mating March Flies.  We believe your individual may be
Bibio albipennis based on this BugGuide image.

Male March Fly

Male March Fly